Plane wreckage removed from KSU campus after crash

Crews removed the wreckage of a plane from the campus of Kennesaw State University on Friday, the day after it went down.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. Thursday in the area of Campus Loop Road and Bartow Avenue.

Two people who were inside the plane were taken to a local hospital. 

The pilot and passenger were alert and conscious at the time, authorities said. 

Nobody on the ground was hurt.

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Video from a Channel 2 Action News viewer showed firetrucks arriving at the scene. The video showed the plane apparently crashed into a tree.

Channel 2's Berndt Petersen was at the scene Friday afternoon as crews removed the plane from the campus.

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The four-seat plane crash-landed just outside the campus social sciences building, where there were some classes in session.

The crash site is a green space surrounded by tall trees.

The plane had taken off in Omaha, Nebraska, and was on its way to Charlie Brown Field in Fulton County.

Flight instructor Phillip Holloway said the plane was equipped with an aircraft parachute safety system, which likely saved the occupants' lives.

"It can slow the aircraft down a great deal. In fact, there have been reports where aircraft like this having the chute deployed and impacting trees, then rebuilding the aircraft and putting it back in service," Holloway said.

The identities of the pilot and passenger have not been released.

Although federal investigators said they are still trying to figure out why the plane crashed, a Cobb County Fire Department spokesman told Channel 2 Action News “engine trouble” brought it down.

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